AD2873: Introduction to Psychology, Disability and Human Rights

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 76hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To introduce students to the discipline of psychology with special emphasis on areas of relevance to disability studies. Multi-disciplinary supports will be explored as relevant to the field of disability.
Module Content: To explore holistic supports which can impact the quality of life for people with disabilities. Psychological perspectives of disability will be explored to facilitate increased understanding of challenges faced by people with disabilities and the multitude of factors which may contribute to these challenges. Trends in the development of the Irish disability services across the lifespan will be examined with a particular emphasis on early intervention, behaviour supports, relationships and sexuality, and human rights.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Assess the psychological impact a disability can have on a person (review concepts of self-image, identity, confidence, self-esteem, being a passive recipient, self-actualisation, etc.).
  • Discuss the systems/processes associated with assessment/ diagnosis/ interventions and supports across the lifespan.
  • Analyze the psychological impact that negative experiences can have on the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Discuss the importance of friendships, intimate relationships, and sexuality for people with disabilities.
  • Examine the concepts of measured risk-taking to access new opportunities in life and understanding failure as part of the developmental learning cycle.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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